- An example of precedence is status of the first design of a product.
- An example of precedence is the official in the military parade that goes first because of status.
- An example of precedence is the priority of a resume with a recommendation from the CEO.

## precedence

- the act, right, or fact of preceding in time, order, rank, etc.
- priority as because of superiority in rank
- an official or conventional ranking of dignitaries in order of importance

Origin of precedence

; from precedent## precedence

also **prec·e·den·cy**

noun

- The fact, state, or right of coming before in time, order, or position:
*Applications arriving first will receive precedence in processing.* - Priority claimed or received because of greater importance:
*The prospect of big investment returns took precedence over limiting risk.* - A ceremonial order of rank or preference, especially as observed on formal occasions:
*Recipients of military honors were called in order of precedence—highest ranking officers first.*

## precedence

(*plural* precedences)

- The state of preceding in importance or priority.
*Family takes precedence over work, in an emergency.*

## precedence - Computer Definition

The order in which an expression is processed. Mathematical precedence is normally:
**1. unary + and - signs**
**2. exponentiation**
**3. multiplication and division**
**4. addition and subtraction**
In order to properly compute the formula that converts Fahrenheit to Celsius, which is **fahrenheit-32*5/9**, the expression
**(fahrenheit-32)*5/9**
must be used with parentheses separating the fahrenheit-32 from the multiplication. Since multiplication is evaluated before subtraction, 32 would be multiplied by 5 first, which is not what is wanted.
Logical precedence is normally:
**1. NOT**
**2. AND**
**3. OR**
In the dBASE query:
**list for item = "TIE" .and.**
** color = "GRAY" .or. color = "RED"**
all gray ties and anything red will be selected, since ANDs are evaluated before ORs. Grouping the colors in parentheses as in the example below yields only gray and red ties.
**(color="GRAY" .or. color="RED")**